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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Our team of eight volunteers completed this week's survey under hot and sunny conditions. Although adult wasps can often be found feeding on the nectar of flowers, their young usually require animal protein. The worker caste of social species, such as the paper wasp shown in the final image below, go hunting and bring food back to the nest for the queen's grubs.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Lucilia sp. (blow fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus arizonensis (Arizona jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Orchelimum silvaticum (long-spurred meadow katydid)
photo by Val Bugh


Scudderia furcata (fork-tailed bush katydid, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Chinavia hilare (green stink bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanthocephala terminalis (coreid bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Hypselonotus punctiventris (coreid bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Chelinidea tabulata (opuntia bug, nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Argia immunda (Kiowa dancer)
photo by Val Bugh


Aneflomorpha tenuis (long-horned beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Olla v-nigrum (ashy gray ladybird)
photo by Val Bugh


Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria (blackberry looper moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrausta inornatalis (inornate pyrausta moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Aristotelia sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Adaina ambrosiae (ambrosia plume moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Strymon melinus (gray hairstreak, larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Atalopedes campestris (sachem)
photo by Val Bugh


Eumenes sp. (potter wasp nest)
photo by Val Bugh


Polistes carolina (red wasp with twisted-winged parasites)
photo by Val Bugh


Polistes exclamans (paper wasp with caterpillar remains)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Millipede (Unknown sp.)
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Phoebis agarithe  Large Orange Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
      riodinidae  Calephelis sp.  Metalmark
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak (larva)
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
      noctuidae  Ponometia fasciatella  Moth
      arctiidae  Cisthene tenuifascia  Lichen Moth
        Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
      geometridae  Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Moth
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
      crambidae  Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Pyrausta inornatalis  Inornate Pyrausta Moth
      pyralidae  Parachma ochracealis  Moth
        Peoria opacella  Moth
      tortricidae  Aethes seriatana  Seriated Aethes Moth
        Acleris minuta  Yellow-headed Fireworm Moth
      gelechiidae  Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Coleotechnites sp.  Moth
        Battaristis sp.  Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus sp.  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Ladybird
        Olla v-nigrum  Ashy Gray Ladybird
      cerambycidae  Aneflomorpha tenuis  Long-horned Beetle
        Oncideres cingulata  Twig Girdler
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      elateridae  Melanotus sp.  Click Beetle
        Heteroderes exsul  Click Beetle
      scraptiidae  Allopoda sp.  False Flower Beetle
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Chelinidea tabulata  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Heraeus sp.  Seed Bug
      miridae  Unknown sp.  Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug
      pentatomidae  Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
      flatidae  Ormenis sp.  Planthopper
      dactylopiidae  Dactylopius sp.  Cochineal Insect
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada
        Tibicen superbus  Superb Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Eumenes sp.  Potter Wasp (nest)
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp
      formicidae  Camponotus sp.  Carpenter Ant

    diptera  culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      calliphoridae  Lucilia sp.  Blow Fly
      dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      asilidae  Atomosia sp.nbsp; Robber Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
      libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca americana  American Bird Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (adult & nymph)
        Amblycorypha huasteca  Texas False Katydid
        Orchelimum silvaticum  Long-spurred Meadow Katydid

    strepsiptera  stylopidae  Unknown sp.  Twisted-wing Parasite

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (eggs)

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
      araneidae  Argiope trifasciata  Banded Garden Spider
      lycosidae  Rabidosa punctulata  Dotted Wolf Spider

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